The Stallions’ No. 4 pitcher shut out Sumiton Christian 4-0 in game 3, second-round playoff game at the Sumiton Christian Baseball Field. The win gave South Lamar the 2-1 series victory.
Sumiton Christian had just three hits in the game and didn’t advance a runner to third base until the final inning.
South Lamar scored a pair of runs in the third inning and added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Eagles (19-12) were unable to mount a rally against Cole. The Eagles put two runners on base in the fourth inning with two outs, but Cole got out of the jam with a groundout to second base. Sumiton Christian threatened in the seventh inning as well.
Chandler Oates was hit by a pitch to open the inning, Spencer Black reached on a one-out walk and Austin Clark loaded the bases after reaching on an error with two outs.
South Lamar relief pitcher Kyle Aldridge got Mikah Abbott to ground out to third base to end the game.
“He threw a bunch of strikes and we couldn’t make an adjustment,” Sumiton Christian coach Lance Blair said of Cole.
“We hit a few balls hard, but we didn’t get anything going.”
Abbott took the loss for Sumiton Christian. He allowed four runs — three earned — on seven hits and one walk while striking out eight in six innings of work. Abbott struck out the first four batters of the game.
South Lamar opened the scoring in the third inning.
With one out, Dylan Wilson singled to start a rally. Zach Foster then hit a roller to the pitcher.
An errant throw left runners at the corners. Dalton Pollard followed with an RBI single on a 1-2 pitch and Dillon Trammel drove in the second run with a fielder’s choice.
South Lamar loaded the bases after Aldridge reached on an error, but the Eagles avoided further damage thanks to a double play.
Two innings later, Foster led off the fifth inning with a walk, stole second base and scored on Aldridge’s two-out double for a 3-0 lead.
The Stallions (19-9) scored their final run in the sixth when Tucker Holliman singled and scored on Wilson’s two-out single.
For Sumiton Christian, Joseph Thompson and Spencer Black were both 1 for 2 with a walk and Clark was 1 for 4.
South Lamar’s Wilson finished 2 for 3 with an RBI, Aldridge was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Pollard was 1 for 4 with an RBI, Holliman was 1 for 3, Lane Tate was 1 for 3 and Foster was 1 for 2 with two runs.
The Stallions are in the third round of the state playoffs for the fourth straight year.
South Lamar takes on three-time defending state champion Shoals Christian next week.
Shoals Christian has eliminated the Stallions from the playoffs each of the last three seasons.
Saturday’s game marked the final contest for Sumiton Christian seniors Mikah Abbott, Austin Clark and Nathan Godwin.
“This is one of the best group of seniors I’ve ever had. They are good spiritual leaders and good leaders on the field. You can’t replace these guys. They had such a grasp on what we are trying to accomplish. They led by example,” Blair said.
Abbott has been a starting pitcher for four years, Clark has started in the left field the last two years while Godwin joined the team this season and started in right field.
Addison moves on
The Addison Bulldogs are in the third round of the state playoffs.
Addison shutout Ragland for the second time in their three-game series, taking game 3 from the Purple Devils with a 5-0 road victory on Saturday.
The Bulldogs won the opener 9-0 on Friday and lost the second game 10-2.
Through two rounds of the playoffs, Addison has outscored the competition 38-10
Next up for Addison (20-6) is a home series against Cedar Bluff, which swept Cedar Bluff (19-13) in the second round. The best-of-three series will start with a double header on Friday.